Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Mama's Got a Brand New Bag

Remember when I told you about this?

I was so happy to receive Stephanie's book Uncommonly Corduroy. Right away I found some projects that I knew I would make.  

Here is one of them…

I call it Travels with Lilly instead of its pattern name Travels with Lou.  Why?  Because I found this awesome Lilly Pulitzer fabric at Laura’s.  (And I didn't ask for permission to call it anything else!)

To understand the pattern name, I strongly suggest you purchase the book. (I am not compensated in any shape, form or fashion for my excitement over this book...which is chock full of patterns and you can't beat the price for all you get!)

I changed it up a little bit…’cuz that’s how I roll J

I added a monogram to the outside pocket. (That's all I changed...so I didn't roll too far)

...Found "fabulous" buttons at Hobby Lobby

Stephanie gives you enough pocket space so I created 3 slots...cuz I'm blind and needed the extra spot

I'm packed and ready for the SUMMER :)

I look forward to making a more traditional bag for the fall.  I promise to use corduroy because that was the original intent of the pattern and also because I think it would be so COOL.

One thing I forgot to share with you is my FINISHED Granny Stripe Afghan…again, inspired by Stephanie.  Do you see a pattern here?

I added a reverse single crochet border and called it DONE!  It turned out just a bit larger than a lap size.

I'm so happy that I changed the yarn.

It looks nice on DH's bedroom reading chair.

My STAYcation is going well.  DD's room makeover should start soon...wish me luck!

Friday, March 21, 2014

Goodnight Irene - March Blocks

I completed row 3 for Terry’s Goodnight Irene Sew-Along.

Good thing we aren’t sewing the blocks into rows yet because I keep moving them around.

I’m currently on a STAYcation with big plans to enjoy the beach and complete some sewing projects.  Maybe I’ll blog more frequently J

Happy Friday!

Monday, March 10, 2014

Three Little Pillows and The Orchid Room

My daughter’s quilt is STILL at the long armer’s waiting (since the beginning of October) for the magic.  I expected to have it back either January or February but, as it goes when you use someone who is great at their craft, it is still waiting its turn.  In addition to the quilt, she also has three 18” pillow shams.

DD's Quilt

This weekend I decided to make her throw pillows that will sit in front of each sham.  The weather was gorgeous yesterday so I took the pillows to our local botanical garden to be photographed.

I used the embroidery unit to my Quattro 3 to make the center blocks

While we were there, we walked through The Orchid Room which is proof that orchids grow like weeds in south Florida.

A pretty fountain at the entrance of the gardens

What's a pond without ducks?  My DH thinks these are two female Mallards.
He's pretty good with his wildlife ;)

Then of course, the resident dragon!

 I still have a lot of projects on my list to complete but I am slowly chipping away at it.

I know I promised pics from the recent quilt show but after going through them, I've determined they really aren't blog worthy.  Part of the problem was the cramped quarters.  I couldn't get enough distance between me and most of the quilts to fully capture their beauty. Another part of it is that my camera battery is dying and the biggest part...well, let's be honest, I'm not a photographer.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have an absolutely wonderful week!